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Comment Re:Its always been like this (Score 1) 331

and the soviet union and china and viet nam and cuba (1950s) and ... well a rational person would get the idea by now.

High GINI, high unemployment == lots of misery and dead people.

Not just the wealthy either (and some times they escape).

All those wealthy people in Monico will be plundered at some point too. They have a ton of cash and no military to protect it. It's just a matter of time.

Too much ballast out at the tip of the boat-- time to rebalance with inheritance, wealth taxes, and limits on how much executive salaries can be deducted as a business expense.

Comment Re: Hoax (Score 1) 685

Slight difference. They are not condemning gay sex right and advocating prison for gays before they were caught having .. um .. having gay sex.

Clinton acted inappropriately but he wasn't advocating prison for adulterers while engaging in adultery.

I'm sure you can't see the difference.... but I'm writing this for the independents.

Comment Re:Its always been like this (Score 2) 331

Dude, they've thrown capitalism away over and over throughout history because it always ends with 99.999% of the people starving and .001% of the people having all the power and wealth.

At some point the 99.999% lose hope and go ape-shit.

Some of the wealthy see this and try to keep things "fair" enough to prevent the breakdown but most of the wealthy sincerely thing they are better and deserve to eat $3,000 meals while people starve to death.

Capitalism doesn't even NEED to be abused to spin out of control. That's it's natural state. Eventually all the money ends up on the tip of the boat and it sinks again. Once all the money is on the investment side of the house, the 99% lack enough money to keep the economy going with purchases. Investment NEEDS consumers. Yin to Yang.

Good point on Disney!

Comment Re:"Sex robots will put 50% of world out of work"? (Score 2) 331

Think about it...

* Disease free (at least at first and likely for a few decades)
* Endless capacity (For both genders.. tho there is the Sybian for women now)
* Totally objectifiable
* Easy to change appearance to keep it fresh.
* Seniors in Japan have bonded emotional with much less sophisticated robots.

The question is how close to AI is the AI. Because if it is too close, it's slavery again.
It needs to be a machine that does a good simulation but lacks consciousness.

Comment Re: Hoax (Score 1) 685

You forgot the caveat.

UNLESS you are a rich or powerful republican (perhaps a senator or representative).

Then any kind of sex is okay. Gay sex, extra marital sex, sodomy, sex with multiple partners and drugs at the same time-- it's all good. The rules only the Hoi polloi.

That's one reason i stopped voting republican. They were such massive hypocrites about sex.

Comment Re:Why is this x86 and not 64bit? (Score 1) 98

Sometimes the internal CPU data bus can be 128-bits, 256-bits, or 512-bits, but the external data bus on the board is 64-bits. There isn't anything to stop the two being different sizes except the bus protocols for sending and receiving data. This applies to the address bus as well. Some 8-bit systems got around the memory limitations of 64K by having a hardware page register that could select a particular bank of memory visible through a virtual "window". PC's from 1990's used segmented memory where everything was accessed in 64K segments.

Comment Re:They don't need to be up there (Score 1) 98

Different GPU's would have different levels of efficiency for various tasks. This would depend on cache sizes, float-point precision, number of parallelized logic units, queueing, cross-bar switching, and all sorts of other parallel processing tweaks. Data flow design isn't any different from getting as many customers through a Disney theme park as fast as possible.

Whichever GPU is faster is going to do most of the work.

Comment Re:vague handwaving (Score 1) 171

And you really only have to kill about 2% quickly and society ceases to function well (food delivery, power generation, etc.).

Even more so in these "lean" and mean times we live in where many companies have single points of failure around employees.

Being able to work from home might mitigate some of the effect that this might have had a decade ago tho.

Comment Re:Scalia, RIP. Leaves a large family and legacy. (Score 1) 685

Yes, despite being wealthy, powerful, and having the best health care in the world, wealthy rich powerful u.s. citizens die all the time between 50 and 80.

However, people with good jobs at large corporations also have good health care. And at medium size companies.

Not so much for small companies and pre-ACA, only nearly worthless catastrophic plans for individuals or self employed unless they were wealthy.

Despite this, a little under 2% of americans do make it to 90 and many of them are not wealthy. They just won the lottery in some way ( good genes mostly).

Comment Re:Wait a mintue (Score 1) 273

No, but that's not really the point (actually, all of the others have added additional security features, but they all had sandboxing last year). The point is that Firefox does not implement the core mechanisms for security that the others all had last year (and, mostly, the year before and the year before that too). This makes is uninteresting as a target.

Comment Re:Wait a mintue (Score 1) 273

This is a reliability measure, not a security measure. The process that plugins run with is not sandboxed and runs with ambient authority. It can read every file in the user's home directory and can open arbitrary network connections. If Flash crashes, then it won't crash Firefox (which is a good thing), but if Flash is compromised then it's exactly the same as if Firefox were compromised. In contrast, if Flash is compromised in Safari or Chrome, the attacker has access to a process running with very restricted privileges and an IPC channel to the browser. To do anything useful, the attacker must use the IPC channel to compromise the sandboxed renderer process, then do the same thing again (though likely with a different vulnerability) to compromise the main browser process (the one that runs with ambient authority). You need, at a minimum, three exploits: one in Flash and two in the browser, to get from a malicious Flash app to a user-level compromise in Chrome or Safari. With Firefox, you need just the first one to do the same amount of damage.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 273

Now look at the entitlements for that process. It runs without any sandboxing. A crash in the plugin won't crash the browser, but a compromise of that plugin will give enough privileges to attach a debugger to the main process (on OS X the system will prompt for this, because it looks suspicious, but it can still open arbitrary network connections and read every file in your home directory). Reliability and security often have similar mechanisms, but don't confuse one for the other.

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